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Published: 2017-03-13

The complete mitochondrial genome of the styloperlid stonefly species Styloperla spinicercia Wu (Insecta: Plecoptera) with family-level phylogenetic analyses of the Pteronarcyoidea

Department of Plant Protection, Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, China
Department of Plant Protection, Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, China
Department of Plant Protection, Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, China
Plecoptera Pteronarcyoidea Styloperlidae Styloperla spinicercia complete mitochondrial genome phylogenetics


We present the complete mitochondrial (mt) genome sequence of the stonefly, Styloperla spinicercia Wu, 1935 (Plecoptera: Styloperlidae), the type species of the genus Styloperla and the first complete mt genome for the family Styloperlidae. The genome is circular, 16,129 base pairs long, has an A+T content of 70.7%, and contains 37 genes including the large and small ribosomal RNA (rRNA) subunits, 13 protein coding genes (PCGs), 22 tRNA genes and a large non-coding region (CR). All of the PCGs use the standard initiation codon ATN except ND1 and ND5, which start with TTG and GTG. Twelve of the PCGs stop with conventional terminal codons TAA and TAG, except ND5 which shows an incomplete terminator signal T. All tRNAs have the classic clover-leaf structures with the dihydrouridine (DHU) arm of tRNASer(AGN) forming a simple loop. Secondary structures of the two ribosomal RNAs are presented with reference to previous models. The structural elements and the variable numbers of tandem repeats are described within the control region. Phylogenetic analyses using both Bayesian (BI) and Maximum Likelihood (ML) methods support the previous hypotheses regarding family level relationships within the Pteronarcyoidea. The genetic distance calculated based on 13 PCGs and two rRNAs between Styloperla sp. and S. spinicercia is provided and interspecific divergence is discussed.



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How to Cite

WANG, Y., CAO, J., & LI, W. (2017). The complete mitochondrial genome of the styloperlid stonefly species <em>Styloperla</em> <em>spinicercia</em> Wu (Insecta: Plecoptera) with family-level phylogenetic analyses of the Pteronarcyoidea. Zootaxa, 4243(1), 125–138.